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About Kimberly A. Griffin

Dr. Kimberly A. Griffin is a scholar, teacher, and experienced professional focused on mentoring, race, and diversity issues in higher education. Her work is driven by her commitment to understanding and improving the experiences and outcomes of people of color on college and university campuses. She is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, teaching and doing research in three core areas: how to increase success and representation amongst underrepresented graduate students and faculty; diversity within the Black community; and mentoring and developmental relationships.
She is a highly regarded scholar in the area of higher education equity research. Dr. Griffin was recognized with the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2013, and was named an Emerging Scholar by ACPA in 2010. She regularly speaks at professional conferences and meetings, and has published her work widely in peer reviewed journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Teachers College Record.
Dr. Griffin's research explores how outcomes (usually relationships and achievement) are shaped by the experiences and environments students and faculty encounter on college campuses. Her interest in these topics have led her to pursue research in several areas, including high achieving students of color, student veterans, diversity and racial climate, Black faculty members' participation in mentoring relationships, and factors promoting diversity in graduate education.
Prior to her career as a faculty member, Dr. Griffin served as a higher education administrator and student affairs professional. She has worked in undergraduate and graduate admissions, promoting diverse and hospitable learning environments, and new student orientation. Dr. Griffin completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at Stanford University, and received her Master's degree from the University of Maryland. Her doctoral work in higher education and organizational change was completed at UCLA.


Present Associate Professor, University of Maryland at College Park
Present Director, Student Affairs Concentration, University of Maryland at College Park

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Access, career development, and retention in graduate and postdoctoral training, Recruitment and retention of faculty of color, Black students and faculty, Mentoring and faculty-student interactions, High achieving students of color, Mixed methods, and Intersectionality

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Honors and Awards

  • Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2013
  • Emerging Scholar Award, ACPA, 2010
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
  • Cota Robles Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004-2008

Contact Information

3214 Benjamin Building
College of Education
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Training (3)

Mentoring and Faculty-Student Interactions (8)

Persistence and Success of Black Students and Faculty (12)

Underrepresented Populations in Higher Education (3)